Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

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How do you take your research?

Lexis Nexis
28
26%
Westlaw
80
74%
 
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introversional
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Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby introversional » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:07 pm

Which do you like better and why? I'd have to say Lexis seems to be the Cadillac of legal search at the moment, but I don't know all of West's tricks yet, so I might be swayed. If you're already a legal search ninja on either of these, please share some tips.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby dougroberts » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:18 pm

My favorite part of Westlaw is the KeyNumbers (at least in the old Westlaw). Go to the KeyNumbers link at the top, and then click on West Key Number Digest Outline.

You get a list of "all" legal topics and subtopics. Then you can drill down to what you are looking for, and select the checkbox(es) next to the one's you are interested in. Then click the "Search selected" button at the bottom.

Now you can search just within this KeyNumber, minimizing searches in other non-relevant parts. Narrow by jurisdiction, etc. Normally if you search using the normal search boxes, it would search entire cases/statutes, etc. Here, it will only search headnotes in that particular topic! You'll get a list of all the pertinent headnotes once you search the KeyNumber.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby target » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:35 pm

Ditto the the digest in west law. It comes in handy when research for legal memo. I like the Sherpardize (spelling?) of Lexis, but it seems like west has it now too. I like the cae summary of each case in Lexis though, help me brief faster.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby Bronte » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:38 pm

I can't seem to sign on to Lexus Advance so I'm gonna go with Westlaw Next cuz I don't like 90s era databases.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby shoeshine » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:40 pm

Westlaw Next > Lexis Advance

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby target » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:41 pm

Bronte wrote:I can't seem to sign on to Lexus Advance so I'm gonna go with Westlaw Next cuz I don't like 90s era databases.


Isn't that the Lexis Beta? I thought UMich has it, no?

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Bronte
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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby Bronte » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:44 pm

target wrote:
Bronte wrote:I can't seem to sign on to Lexus Advance so I'm gonna go with Westlaw Next cuz I don't like 90s era databases.


Isn't that the Lexis Beta? I thought UMich has it, no?


It's in beta. And Mich does have it. But it's being obnoxious with the login, in classic Lexis style.

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Judge Philip Banks
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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby Judge Philip Banks » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:32 am

I don't understand why anyone would use lexis over westlaw. For me, Westlaw and WestlawNext are much easier to use than Lexis. I'd like to hear why someone in the small Lexis minority uses it.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby fanmingrui » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:44 am

Lexis has better rewards.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby LSATmakesMeNeurotic » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:30 pm

fanmingrui wrote:Lexis has better rewards.

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kalvano
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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby kalvano » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:25 pm

Westlaw Next is the absolute correct answer.

Lexis Advance sucks.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby ahduth » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:37 pm

kalvano wrote:Westlaw Next is the absolute correct answer.

Lexis Advance sucks.


Do any law firms actually use either of these products? Particularly Lexis Advance... it's only in beta. I've only just started using this stuff, and I maybe prefer Westlaw a bit, but I've avoided the premium products altogether. Maybe I'm just being silly.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby shepdawg » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:59 pm

I don't think many law firms use either Advance or Next.

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kalvano
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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby kalvano » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:18 pm

Seems like most firms use Westlaw and most government places use Lexis.

However, you'll see more places use Westlaw Next as they phase out regular Westlaw.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby smokyroom26 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:24 pm

I just wanted to say I take my research with a glass of bourbon.

Also, Lexis Advance does suck. It's the same algorithm with an "improved" interface.
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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby kahechsof » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:25 pm

I haven't tried the new lexis yet, but the old westlaw was better than old lexis, and westlaw Next makes old lexis look like an Apple 2C

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby quiver » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:21 pm

WestlawNext is the answer here. It's basically the google of legal research. Huge fan.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby bport hopeful » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:23 pm

So far, (1L) i like west law better. Highlight function/better tools in general and an iPad app.

Also, Lexis Advances is a beta.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby SilverE2 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:32 pm

I do the minimum on Lexis to get my points, then switch on over to Westlaw.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby bport hopeful » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:33 pm

SilverE2 wrote:I do the minimum on Lexis to get my points, then switch on over to Westlaw.

haha.

Ive just been typing in the first case in my casebook into lexis at the beginning of my first class everyday.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby 23402385985 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:36 pm

I have the most free shit from Westlaw, so far. So they win.

I will see what Lexis has for swag, again. Was not impressed last time.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby smokyroom26 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:08 pm

joncrooshal wrote:I have the most free shit from Westlaw, so far. So they win.

I will see what Lexis has for swag, again. Was not impressed last time.


Those Westlaw pen/highlighters were pretty great, although they tended to run out too quickly. But Kaplan highlighters FTW. I love these fucking things.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby 23402385985 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:32 pm

smokyroom26 wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:I have the most free shit from Westlaw, so far. So they win.

I will see what Lexis has for swag, again. Was not impressed last time.


Those Westlaw pen/highlighters were pretty great, although they tended to run out too quickly. But Kaplan highlighters FTW. I love these fucking things.


Yeah, the pen/highlighters were great. I LOVE the pen side of it. It bleeds, but it does not streak when I highlight over it.

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby I.P. Daly » Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:10 pm

Do any schools have access to Bloomberg? If so, how does it compare to Lexis and West?

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Re: Lexis v. Westlaw super search smackdown

Postby shoeshine » Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:18 pm

I.P. Daly wrote:Do any schools have access to Bloomberg? If so, how does it compare to Lexis and West?


What is Bloomberg? (besides a media conglomerate, new york mayor, and television channel)




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